Nursing

Critical Requirements

All admitted students are required to provide documentation verifying completion of specific requirements. The requirements set forth are mandated for all health professions students. As a master's, doctoral, post-master's, or post-baccalaureate student, you must complete a background check, drug screening and health clearance verifications. Clinical clearance will be granted to you when you have completed all requirements.

Use the Castle Branch Student Immunization Tracker to submit and track your health requirements. The Immunization Tracker (Medical Document Manager) walks you through the process of fulfilling immunization and health care documentation requirements. See the student guide on Blackboard for specific submission instructions.

Note: Pre-registration is not required. Upon placing your order, you will create your unique profile and generate your login credentials.

Compliance Summary

The Compliance Summary is for you to show to preceptors/faculty members responsible for your clinical practicums to verify that you have met the requirements. If you are unable to produce a valid compliance summary, the preceptor/faculty member will exclude you from all patient contact. Your inability to participate in required clinical experiences may be cause for withdrawing you from the course or may jeopardize your successful completion of the course and prevent your progression in the curriculum.

UC College of Nursing requires a background check and urine drug screen for all students upon matriculation into any graduate nursing program. The specific background package will vary depending on the state in which the student resides. Some clinical sites may require subsequent background checks and drug screening in order to participate in a rotation at their facility. If the clinical site does not perform these on behalf of the student, any required additional screenings are able to be purchased through Castle Branch at the student's expense. Should a site request this, please reach out to your clinical site coordinator for further instruction.

Students starting clinical in their first semester of enrollment should consult their clinical site coordinator to coordinate purchasing of their critical requirements package.

The college asks all students to refrain from purchasing a critical requirements package until the first day of course instruction for any degree or certificate program.

Timeline

Please note: Timelines differ for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 orders.

Fall 2021

Critical Requirements Submission Timeline for Fall 2021 (through December 2021 and prior)
Semester First Enrolled Orders Accepted
Deadline to Complete Requirements
Fall
Aug. 23 Dec. 22
Spring Jan. 11
April 15
Summer May 10
July 31
Note: Students enrolled in the BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia program follow a different timeline and will receive guidance related to critical requirements in their welcome information as they prepare to begin the program.

Spring 2022 and Beyond

MSN and DNP Programs

Critical Requirements Submission Timeline for Spring 2022 (January 2022 and beyond)
Term of 1st Enrollment
Orders Accepted
Last Day to Place Order
Deadline to Complete Requirements
Fall
Aug. 1
Dec. 15
March 31
Spring Jan. 1 April 30
July 31
Summer May 1 July 1
Nov. 30
Note: Students enrolled in the BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia program follow a different timeline and will receive guidance related to critical requirements in their welcome information as they prepare to begin the program.

Certificate Programs

Critical Requirements Submission Timeline for Spring 2022 (January 2022 and beyond)
Term of 1st Enrollment
Orders Accepted
Last Day to Place Order
Deadline to Complete Requirements
Fall
Aug. 1
Sept. 30
Sept. 30
Spring Jan. 1 Feb. 15
Feb. 15
Summer May 1 June 15
June 15

Plan Ahead

Our staff will be available to address questions or concerns related to critical requirements in CastleBranch until 12 p.m. ET Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. Emails sent to conaprncr@uc.edu after that date and time will be addressed in the order received starting Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. Please plan accordingly.

Resources

Refer to the student instruction document for more details concerning placing your order. Take the time to review the following documents, as they will be useful in facilitating the completion of your critical requirements.

For additional help getting started with CastleBranch, follow the below link to watch short video tutorials that provide answers to frequently asked questions:

For further assistance related to critical requirements, email conaprncr@uc.edu.